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Live export scandal - Greens step up call for Independent Office of Animal Welfare

In the wake of the mass deaths of live export sheep the Greens are stepping up their call for the federal government to establish an Office of Animal Welfare independent from the Department of Agriculture.

“We must ensure animal abuse, similar to what has been exposed on the Awassi Express live export ship, never happens again. An Independent Office of Animal Welfare is needed as it could play a key role in ending the cruelty inherent in the live export trade,” Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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Motion: Gun control

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:10): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) former Prime Minister, Mr John Howard, and former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Tim Fischer, led the introduction of the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) in 1996,

   (ii) a 2016 study, Association Between Gun Law Reforms and Intentional Firearm Deaths in Australia, found that in the 20 years since the NFA was implemented, there have been no mass shootings in Australia, and

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Motion: Homelessness

Lee Rhiannon 13 Apr 2018

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (11:50): I, and also on behalf of Senator Cameron, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) according to data from the 2016 Census, the number of homeless Australians has increased by 13.7% since 2011,

(ii) on Census night, more than 116,000 people were experiencing homelessness, and

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